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Introduction To Police Finance


Event summary

This course will provide delegates with a solid understanding of the complex structure and functions of the police finance system, including an understanding of the principles underpinning budgeting, financial accounting and reporting for police bodies and police collaboration, plus an overview of governance and audit considerations in the police context.


20 April 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

All those new to working in police, including those who are new to finance as a whole and those with finance experience from outside the sector who wish to gain an overview of how police finance works.


By attending this course you will be provided with an understanding and awareness of:

  • the legislative framework for the current police arrangements
  • police funding in England and Wales
  • the statutory requirements for preparation of local authority and police accounts
  • audit arrangements and the role of the audit committee
  • budgeting and estimating processes
  • the principles of accounting for capital, assets and links to treasury management
  • the definition of joint control and accounting for collaborative arrangements

CPD Hours

Four and a half.


  • Accounting
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Police
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison has worked in and for policing for over 25 years since her first days as a researcher for City of London Police and has experienced an incredible amount of change in the sector over that time. She runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. Alison also manages the CIPFA Police and Fire Panel and oversees the coordination of its sub-groups.

She works closely with colleagues in the CIPFA Policy and Technical team, the Networks team and across CIPFA on a whole range of finance and governance related issues affecting police and fire services.

E:, T: 07769 673927

Speaker - David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as Chief Accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E:, T: 07879 665950